Last month, we provided the opportunity to delve into the lesser-known red wines of France and Italy—those made from scarcely cultivated grape varieties, unheralded appellations, and small, off-the-radar terroirs. Carrying on the spirit of discovery, today we explore obscure white wines—bottles that, fifteen or twenty years ago, you would be hard-pressed to find on a restaurant wine list or store shelf.
Fortunately, nowadays the options are bountiful, and we are more than ever able to savor the unique wines being crafted even in the most unlikely corners of the globe. A glass of well-made Chardonnay may certainly do the trick, but if you’re like us, you’ll enjoy the gustative journey to southeastern Sicily to sample the local strain of Moscato grown in the Val di Noto, or perhaps you will discover that you prefer the Sauvignon Blanc from the little village of Quincy to that of nearby Sancerre. One thing is sure: you’re in for a sensorially-stimulating, mouth-watering, palate-enlivening experience. –Anthony Lynch
2015 Pigato “Vigneto Ca da Rena” • Punta Crena $27
2015 Chignin-Bergeron • André & Michel Quenard $30
2013 Moscato di Noto “Mizzica” • Riofavara $19
2012 Venezia Giulia Malvasia • Kante $35
2015 Quincy • Domaine Trotereau $20
2014 Languedoc Blanc “Les Cocalières” • Domaine d’Aupilhac $35
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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
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